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The boys swim team defied the odds this year, boasting yet another successful season following their first season ever. After losing a key member, the boys were weary about hoping for another record-breaking season, but through hard work and teamwork, they were able to come back stronger than ever.

“It was definitely a lot harder since one of our best swimmers graduated last year. We relied on him a lot in our relays, which just makes me value our success this year so much more. It’s really nice to know that we can pick up the slack and do well on our own,” sophomore Raddek Thomas said.

Thomas, who placed second in the 200 freestyle this year, was one of only two underclassmen to podium in the event. Though he values his own personal successes, Thomas cherishes the accomplishments shared with his teammates even more.

“It feels really awesome to podium in all of my events. I’m very proud of my results this year. I placed second in an individual event this year which is really cool to do as a sophomore, especially when most of the other people on the podium with you are upperclassmen,” Thomas said. “My favorite part is being on the podium with my relays. I love being there with all my friends and it’s a really great feeling knowing that something you’ve worked for all season has finally paid off.”

Sophomore Charles Hsu was also very successful at the state championship meet, placing eighth in both of his individual events.

“I am very pleased with my results. I worked really hard all season and cut a lot of time, which is great. Our team did very well this season. We lost a key player this year, but everyone came back stronger and more willing to do what needed to be done to have a successful season. I think it means more because none of us really expected it, but we were all working really hard,” said Hsu.

Swimmers expect the team to come back stronger than ever next year. Thomas has high hopes for the next season.

“My biggest goal for the next season is to place first in one of my individuals. I’d also really like to break 1:40 on my 200 freestyle. It’s going to be really hard, but I know I can do it if I continue to work hard.”

The boys swim team placed seventh out of 31 teams at the 2018 KSHSAA state championship meet.

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